The Washington Times - July 1, 2008, 01:54PM

John McCain today shows he’s not one to ignore a gift, which in this case comes in the form of last week’s decisions from the Supreme Court.

In a speech to the National Association of Sheriffs, McCain criticized the court’s recent decision overturning a Louisiana law allowing the death penalty for those convicted of child rape. McCain said the decision was “jarring,” and pointed out that Barack Obama also criticized it.

“I’d like to think this signals a change of heart on his part about his votes against the confirmation of two of the four dissenters in the case, Justice Samuel Alito and Chief Justice John Roberts. More to the point, why is it that the majority includes the same justices he usually holds out as the models for future nominations? My opponent may not care for this particular decision, but it was exactly the kind of opinion we could expect from an Obama Court,” he said.

Stephen Dinan, national political correspondent, The Washington Times